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Dual Purpose: Draft Day Flashback and Cheerleader Finals

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2011 – 5:02 pm

The 2011 Draft Day Party is on April 30, less than a month away, and it’s a good time every year. As this year’s event approaches, I’ll be looking back at Draft Day Parties past; meanwhile, you should go print your party pass and start making plans to hit this year’s event.

This picture serves two purposes: one is because the Draft Day Party marks the first official performance of the Redskins Cheerleaders; this is the 2010 squad. And the other is to remind you that the cheerleader finals will be held this Sunday in Falls Church, Virginia — an event that’s open to the public.

(You can click the image for a larger version, if you’d like, and click here for more details on this year’s Draft Day festivities and to print out your party pass.) Read more »

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Second Annual Redskins April Fools Day Round-Up

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2011 – 3:16 pm

The internet is a place where credulous folks believe all sorts of things every day of the year; that’s what’s kept Snopes.com in business for more than fifteen years, after all. This can be pretty irritating year-round, but on April 1st it has a tendency to blossom into a horrifying topiary of annoyingness.

With that in mind, here’s your second annual round-up of Redskins-related internet April Fools gags. If you like these sorts of things, perhaps you’ll find these amusing. And if you’re just trying to fact-check, I’ll make it easy on you: NONE OF THE THINGS BELOW ARE ACTUALLY TRUE.

(If you find any Redskins-related April Fools stuff that I’ve missed, please let me know.)

Hogs Haven Promotes Imaginary Tryouts

For the second straight year, SBNation Redskins blog Hogs Haven has posted about a spurious event; for the second straight year, they’ve included a Dallas Cowboys-related phone number for further information; and for the second straight year I note that Hogs Haven is an independent website not affiliated with the Washington Redskins. This is the first year, however, that they’ve given me a shout-out and a bizarre, goofy nickname. So I’m calling that an improvement.

But wait, there’s more: Read more »

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Full List Of Redskins 2011 Draft Picks

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2011 – 11:05 am

I’ve gotten more than a few emails about this, so I figured I’d just put it in one convenient spot: the list of Redskins picks in the 2011 draft.

I’ll update this post if things change between now and the actual event (April 28-30), but here are the eight spots where the Redskins will be choosing as of April 1, 2011:

  • Round 1, pick 10 (10 overall)
  • Round 2, pick 9 (41 overall)
  • Round 5, pick 13 (144 overall)
  • Round 5, pick 24 (155 overall, from New Orleans)
  • Round 6, pick 12 (177 overall)
  • Round 7, pick 11 (213 overall)
  • Round 7, pick 22 (224 overall, from Indianapolis)
  • Round 7, pick 52 (253 overall, compensatory selection)

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Brian Billick Has Some Different Opinions On The Redskins Draft Needs

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2011 – 10:15 am


There’s not a lot of uniformity in the projections of what the Redskins will do with the tenth overall pick in the 2011 Draft. Heck, I alone have projected no fewer than three different people in that spot in the last week. But some positions are definitely mentioned more than others.

The useful (if overwhelming) 2011 Mock Draft Database at DC Pro Sports Report currently covers 304 mock drafts; about 46% of them have the Redskins selecting a wide receiver. Roughly 25% (75 of them) suggest one of the quarterbacks — Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallet, Cam Newtown, Jake Locker, and even Colin Kaepernick are all mentioned. Another 17% suggest defensive end or linebacker.

Of the remaining 22% consist mostly of defensive tackles and the occasional quarterback. (A lot of the mocks seem to believe that Prince Amukamara is going to fall to ten, which I don’t.) A total of seven of the listed mock drafts have the team going with an offensive tackle.

FOX Sports.com NFL analyst Brian Billick is reading from a different script than all those people, though. Read more »

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Hail! Flashback: 1966

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2011 – 8:58 am

Charley Taylor was a very good running back. He was drafted as a running back. He won the NFC Rookie Of The Year Award as a running back. He went to the Pro Bowl two straight years as a running back. And then, halfway through his third year in the league, he became a split end — and turned out to be a Hall of Famer and one of the all-time greats at the position.

Most people attribute that switch to head coach Otto Graham, but writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli — as usual — has some different ideas. And in this week’s Hail! Flashback comic strip, Ceccarelli takes us back to the week that switch was made to see what he believes was actually going on. So set your time-travelling phone booths for 1966, and click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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